On April 26, the intimate space at the Los Angeles Athletic Club bustled with nearly 250 high-performing professionals — all seeking new job opportunities or a chance to expand their professional networks. The 10th Annual Los Angeles Diversity Mixer was in full swing, with Century Group offering attendees a unique perspective as one of the few staffing and recruiting firms to sponsor the event.
Since 2009, the Los Angeles Diversity Mixer connects motivated candidates with a handful of Fortune 500 companies in a wide range of industries — and the array of guests is just as diverse. The Riordan Programs Alumni Association’s signature event caters to up-and-coming talent of various ethnicities, educational backgrounds and industry experience, helping to make the mixer a special affair year after year.
“We very much look forward to partnering with The Riordan Programs and UCLA Anderson School of Business each year at the Los Angeles Diversity Mixer,” says Phil Bruno, Century Group’s Managing Director. “It’s unusual to get so many talented and in-demand people together in such an intimate setting.”
Sonia Aouriri, an Associate on Century Group’s Executive Search team, represented the firm for a second year, and shared resume advice, interviewing tips and insight on the current market landscape with attendees. “I enjoy meeting professionals and the networking experience,” she explains. “The mixer is a great way to connect with people who are eager to learn more about current job opportunities and how Century Group can be a resource in their job search.”
Century Group’s Associate Director of Recruiting Madison Garshman also participated in this year’s Los Angeles Diversity Mixer, and enjoyed using the firm’s expertise to help candidates find suitable opportunities.
“I think they liked that we came from a consultant background. We’re not trying to sell you on Century Group — we’re trying to sell our clients,” she says. “I also liked that there was a variey of industries and people who were from different walks of life.”
The UCLA Riordan Programs Alumni Association was established in 2000 to provide Riordan Programs graduates with continued educational, personal and professional leadership support, so they have the resources needed to become future leaders in our community. All proceeds from the LA Diversity Mixer benefited RPAA’s Saturday Business Academy, which presents underserved high school students with individual mentorship and college preparation curriculum.